Archive for October 2nd, 2012

Burmese hold many expectations for Aung San Suu Kyi as she visits SoCal

US & World | | October 02 2012, 6:12 PM

For many young Burmese-Americans, the Nobel Peace Prize winner's visit suggests the promise of a truly democratic Burma, and an opportunity to return someday.

Supreme Court takes up Long Beach liquor store murder case

Crime & Justice | | October 02 2012, 4:50 PM

The High Court will hear a California case — involving ta Long Beach liquor store murder — that turns on a deadlocked jury, similar to the 1957 movie "12 Angry Men."

LA City Council repeals pot shop ban, but what's changed?

Local | | October 02 2012, 3:07 PM

The council acted after activists submitted nearly 50,000 signatures opposing the law. The choice was to either place the ban before voters or repeal it outright.

Help us map LA's most dangerous places for walkers and bikers

Local | | October 02 2012, 1:33 PM

We want to know what intersections and locations are most dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. See what's been submitted and send in your own report.

Heat & red flag warnings continue; relief on Wednesday

Local | | October 02 2012, 9:44 AM

Southland heat wave to continue through Tuesday before cooling off Wednesday. Fire danger remains high. And a woman was arrested for leaving a baby in a locked car.

Gov. Brown's veto rate is 13%, Schwarzenegger's was twice that

The Latest | | October 02 2012, 7:04 PM

Veto rates among California's governors had been creeping up until Jerry Brown returned to the governor's office in January 2011.

LA County Supervisors look into Sheriff's oversight positions

The Latest | | October 02 2012, 5:00 PM

L.A. County Supervisors will get an analysis in three weeks on what it will take to establish an inspector general position to oversee the Sheriff's Department.

Interview with comedian and writer Demetri Martin

Without A Net | | October 02 2012, 4:35 PM

Our interview with comedian and writer Demetri Martin who tells us about his new DVD and CD, "Demetri Martin. Standup Comedian," which are both very different.

LACOE, teachers' union at impasse on health benefits

Pass / Fail | | October 02 2012, 3:23 PM

The L.A. County Office of Education and its unions have reached an impasse in negotiating next year's health and welfare benefits and are now in state mediation.

National Week of Action: Human Rights Workshop for parents tonight

Pass / Fail | | October 02 2012, 2:50 PM

As part of the annual National Week of Action, the grassroots parent group, CADRE,is hosting a workshop for parents framing access to education as a human right for all students.

POLL: Would you go to a vegetarian Coachella for a Smith's reunion?

Without A Net | | October 02 2012, 2:40 PM

The odds of Morrissey and Johnny Marr getting the band back together is about as good as the singer competing in Nathan's hot dog eating contest, their people say.

Why have Americans decided to stop working?

The Breakdown | | October 02 2012, 2:37 PM

The labor participation rate is at levels not seen since the 1980s. It's been in trouble since the last recession but has fallen off a cliff since 2008.

Richard Alarcon ordered to stand trial for perjury

The Latest | | October 02 2012, 12:58 PM

L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon will face trial for 23 felonies, including voter fraud and perjury, for allegedly living outside of the district he represents

Activists arrested for blocking LA pig slaughterhouse entrances (PHOTOS)

The Latest | | October 02 2012, 12:49 PM

Activists blocked entrances to an L.A. Farmer John plant, leading to two arrests. Activists also compared the plant to Auschwitz in a press release.

Ford has discovered that America loves small SUVs

The Breakdown | | October 02 2012, 12:46 PM

It's not too big, but not too small. Ford's downsized SUV has found a large U.S. market in the era of expensive gas, with consumers who need more than a compact.

Dog survives ride on truck engine during Southland heat wave

The Latest | | October 02 2012, 11:56 AM

The driver of a Chevrolet Silverado discovered a really hot dog after he drove his truck in temperatures that approached triple digits.

California real estate market is stranger than ever

The Breakdown | | October 02 2012, 11:15 AM

The California Association of Realtors hesitates to call the current market "distorted," but it's definitely far from normal and probably won't be for a few years.

For reformers, juvenile sentencing bill a small victory

The Latest | | October 02 2012, 7:50 AM

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed SB 9, a bill that offers the chance at parole for juveniles sentenced to life in prison.

Maven's Morning Coffee: anniversary of Occupy movement

Represent! | | October 02 2012, 7:32 AM

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 2 and headlines include the anniversary of Occupy, the end of Richard Alarcon's preliminary hearing, and a final vote on medical marijuana.

With Jeep and Fiat, Chrysler has a very good September

The Breakdown | | October 02 2012, 7:16 AM

The once-bailed-out, once-bankrupt automaker is now run by Italy's Fiat. The takeover is starting to look very successful, as sales continue to improve.

California's Asian-American voters: half are nonpartisan

Represent! | | October 02 2012, 7:12 AM

Researchers say low voter turnout from California's Asian-American due to lack of interest in the group from political parties.

Obama: Cesar Chavez home to become national monument

The Latest | | October 02 2012, 6:35 AM

The site near Bakersfield also served as the United Farm Workers labor union headquarters. Chavez is buried there; his gravesite will be part of the monument.

Plan to tap Mojave Desert groundwater gets first approval

The Latest | | October 02 2012, 6:09 AM

A private company still needs to secure funding and obtain permission to access the Colorado River Aqueduct to get the water to Southern California taps.

State takeover administrator picked for Inglewood Unified

Pass / Fail | | October 02 2012, 6:00 AM

California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction is set to announce his pick to run the Inglewood Unified School District for the state.

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Business Update with Mark Lacter

The evolving electric car industry

| October 02 2012, 9:39 AM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says one of the most prominent players in the electric car industry is having trouble.

The Loh Down On Science
Episode: Texting Sheep

Texting Sheep

| October 02 2012, 6:00 AM

A device even Q would be proud of.

Off-Ramp Extra

Zak Penn stops by KPCC's Crawford Family Forum

| October 02 2012, 4:00 AM

Zak Penn, on superheroes like Rogue: "In a real world setting, it’s not fun when you accidentally kill everyone that you touch."


How powerful is the Latino vote?

US & World | | October 02 2012, 4:31 PM

A recent report from the Pew Hispanic Center shows that Latino voter eligibility has risen 22 percent since 2008. What's the impact on the November election?

More than half of the presidential debate will focus on economy, but is this warranted?

| October 02 2012, 4:13 PM

“The economy, stupid” is a phrase coined by political strategist James Carville during Bill Clinton’s first successful presidential campaign in 1992, but those words couldn’t be truer than they are in the 2012 presidential race.

Is urban sprawl to blame for cities going bankrupt?

Local | | October 02 2012, 10:51 AM

Former Ventura mayor William Fulton says that large public pensions aren't solely to blame for California city bankruptcies. Urban sprawl poses additional problems.

Simi Valley’s Halloween law is no treat, according to registered sex offenders

| October 02 2012, 10:49 AM

Less than a month after the city of Simi Valley approved restrictions of registered sex offenders’ Halloween activities, it has been sued for allegedly violating the first amendment rights of convicted sex criminals and their families.

Do undersea seismic tests threaten marine life?

| October 02 2012, 10:46 AM

One controversial technique involves the use of high-decibel air cannons to create detailed three dimensional images of submarine fault zones but the practice has environmental groups up in arms.

Take Two®

POLL: LA City Council repeals ban on medical marijuana dispensaries

Local | | October 02 2012, 10:40 AM

The 11-2 vote negates a July decision to put a "gentle ban" on medical marijuana that would eliminate storefronts but allow patients and caregivers to grow cannabis.

LA restaurants cooling down patrons with fancy carbonated drinks

| October 02 2012, 10:17 AM

Willy Blackmore, LA editor of, joins A Martinez to discuss a slew of new carbonated drinks that are popping up at restaurants and bars around town.

One border agent dead, one injured while patrolling US-Mexico border

| October 02 2012, 10:15 AM

A U.S. Border patrol agent was shot to death early this morning while patrolling on horseback in Naco, Arizona. A second agent also suffered gunshot wounds and was air-lifted to a hospital for surgery.

Should pedophiles be treated like alcoholics?

| October 02 2012, 10:06 AM

When incidents involving pedophiles hit the news, we often focus on what happened and who the perpetrator was, but the question that seldom gets attention in the media is 'why?'

Car and tech companies hope to make it easier to Facebook while driving

| October 02 2012, 9:53 AM

We've all been there — stuck in traffic, bored and frustrated.

Time Warner Cable's monopoly on Lakers games

| October 02 2012, 9:41 AM

The Lakers preseason starts this weekend, they'll play the Golden State Warriors in Fresno on Sunday night, but you can only watch the game if you have Time Warner Cable.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story'

| October 02 2012, 9:34 AM

Alex Cohen talks with one book reviewer who's read all 646 pages of Arnold's autobiography.

California home to four MacArthur Genius Grant winners

| October 02 2012, 9:30 AM

The MacArthur foundation has announced the 23 winners who will take home the Genius Grant with $500,000 in award money. The grants, paid over five years, give recipients freedom to pursue a creative vision and winners don't have to report how they spend the money.

Could Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson draw swing-state votes?

| October 02 2012, 9:11 AM

Tomorrow night, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will meet face to face in their first debate, but Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president, will be watching on TV like the rest of us.

Does taxing the rich really drive them out of the state?

| October 02 2012, 9:07 AM

One of the arguments against propositions that raise taxes for the wealthy — like Props 30 and 38 this time around — is that when taxes go up on the wealthiest, they move to states where the rates are lower.

What is dubstep?

| October 02 2012, 9:03 AM

Music critic Drew Tewksbury is in the studio with Alex Cohen to tell dubstep's origin story and to describe what's next for that signature *womp* *womp* sound.